Toca House

App review by
Liz Panarelli, Common Sense Media
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Mini-games bring funky fun to household chores.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about helping others by using fine motor and sorting skills to complete household chores. Toca House is inhabited by a gaggle of diverse characters who need help with a variety of tasks, from mopping to mowing to making a fire. Kids help by swiping and dragging items around the screen with minimal instruction. There are no points or scores -- instead, visual and audio feedback subtly guides kids during a task and loudly rewards them when they finish. Parents can help kids' exposure to chores in Toca House translate into real learning.

Ease of Play

Toca House is relatively intuitive, but kids may need help from parents at first. The For Parents section includes a brief tutorial, but the game itself does not include any instructions. Instead, kids explore the house and receive audio and visual feedback based on their actions. The mini-games vary slightly in difficulty level, but do not progress from easy to hard.  

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Toca House is a safe collection of housekeeping mini-games for preschoolers. Like all of Toca Boca's products, Toca House is designed as a digital toy rather than a game, so it encourages exploration over achievement. Kids swipe to move up and down levels of the house and assist the diverse, funky characters with chores. Kids tap, drag, and swipe to complete tasks such as ironing clothes, putting away groceries, mopping floors, and sorting mail. Kids receive only subtle feedback during tasks, but are greeted by a triumphant and colorful display when they finish each chore. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byGamer4056 June 7, 2018
Parent of a 3 and 6-year-old Written byelemerond November 2, 2012

Mother's Waiting Room Helper

6 and 3 year olds will play together for this app!
Kid, 8 years old October 23, 2015


When I was little I loved this app! I don't really think it's worth the money but it is entertaining and fun.

What's it about?

Kids swipe up or down to select a room to play in and tap on the character there. Kids will then swipe, drag, or tap objects to complete one of 19 mini-games. Many of the games involve sorting by color and shape or matching like things, such as sorting leaves into piles. Dragging a broom or mop around the screen to clean up is another popular chore. The characters typically make disgruntled noises and facial expressions for negative feedback. When a task is completed, the character appears amid a trumpet call and a streaming rainbow backdrop.

Is it any good?

Toca House is a quirky and imaginative tool to help kids develop positive and playful associations with chores and housekeeping. The lack of direction or narrative may leave some kids feeling disengaged or confused, and the designers provide parents with suggestions to help them make connections between the game and the real world.

The repetition of skills such as sorting in different puzzles helps develop and reinforce learning, though sweeping on every floor can get tiresome. Some floors also present the same games in quick succession, so parents should be sure to show kids how to swipe to different levels of the house. The subtle visual cues are realistic and fun -- for example, the expectant recipient of a gift tracks the gift with their eyes as you move it around the screen. Overall, Toca House is creative and interesting, but not quite as engaging as Toca's typical toys.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Model gameplay and, while playing, name the activities to build vocabulary and make connections between chores in Toca House and your own house.

  • Emphasize the collaborative nature of housework, with the characters dividing up tasks, taking turns, and working with you to complete their chores.

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